Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD) involve the jaw joint and surrounding tissues. Disease, trauma and dental issues can all contribute to functional problems with the TMJ and result in jaw or facial pain. If you are living with TMJ/TMD, you know how uncomfortable jaw issues can be and how they impact your quality of life. If you want to explore advanced options in TMJ and TMD treatment, come see us at Liberty Lake Smile Source.
TMJ disorders can involve misaligned teeth, arthritis, muscle/tendon strains, bruxism and other issues with the jaw joint. Like all joints, the TMJ has many different components that can affect the movement and cause discomfort. It requires expert evaluation by an oral specialist like one of our dentists at Liberty Lake Smile Source to determine the best treatment option.
Symptoms of TMJ and TMD vary depending on the components affected, but there are some common jaw issues. TMD symptoms often include:
- Jaw and facial pain
- Popping, grinding or clicking in the jaw joint
- Earaches and vertigo
- Headaches or migraines
- Neck pain
- Difficulty chewing or opening mouth
- Locking jaw
If you have symptoms of a TMJ disorder, the first step is to obtain a diagnosis and exam. Finding the source of the disorder can determine the best TMJ and TMD treatment to give you relief.
Jaw Pain, Facial Pain Relief!
TMJ disorders can make it painful to eat, talk or even smile. The goal with TMJ/TMD treatment is to relieve stress on the jaw joint and associated tissue to relieve pain and improve function. For many patients, orthodontic treatment or fixing bite alignment can relieve stress on the jaw. Replacing missing teeth or fixing dental problems may be the best solution. For those with bruxism (teeth grinding), wearing a dental nightguard can reduce stress on the teeth and jaw for relief.
Are you tired of an aching jaw or problems with jaw joint function? Come see us at Liberty Lake Smile Source, and let our experienced dentists find the best TMJ and TMD treatment to give you relief. Contact our dental center in Liberty Lake in the Spokane Valley to schedule your TMJ consultation.